Grandma Ida and the Miracle of Feeding the Multitude
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Following the death of my grandfather, Moroni Lorenzo Phillips, my grandmother, Ida Callan Phillips lived a very simple life in a small farm house in Dayton, Idaho. She always grew a garden and preserved the harvest consisting of berries, beans, corn and other vegetables. She also maintained some chickens and for a few years a couple of cows. She used the resources of this small farm to sustain herself. There was by no means an abundance, but she had enough.
My family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah about 120 miles south of where she lived. My Uncle, Perry Phillips and his family lived close and did a great job of looking out for grandma. My Aunts, Ella Kent, Donna Carlson and Connie Bunn, and their families lived in relative close proximity as well and diligently watched things at grandmas place as well.
My family made the two hour trip to grandma's house two or three times a year. I remember one of those visits more so than others, probably because I was then old enough to appreciate what was happening. I later learned that this kind of thing happened on regular basis.
My immediate family consisting of me, my father, mother and sister arrived at grandmas about mid morning one summer Saturday. Grandma almost immediately stepped into action. Our arrival was the signal to let the other families know that it was time to come over to her house. Within a couple of hours the small farm house was filled with twenty or more people. Grandma of course felt obligated to put a large meal on the table for everyone. My uncle and aunts brought a few things, but the miracle of feeding this large number of people fell to grandma to perform.
She went into the yard, killed a few chickens. Dressed them, and soon had several fry pans going with the best fried chicken. Somehow a few loaves of fresh baked bread appeared. Bottles of berries and vegetables were served and this family gathering ate beyond being full. I wondered how all this food had appeared out of such a meager pantry, in a very short period of time. I soon realized that Grandma Ida had this power of performing the miracle.
There are two lessons to be learned from her example: First, grandma always gave to others. Her life although simple included sharing whatever she had with others. Secondly, she was resourceful. There was always some kind of bottled fruit and vegetables in her pantry. They were available for her to rely on and for her to share with others.
Grandma Ida was a remarkable woman!
David S. Phillips